Update: Gunmen wearing military uniforms attack Pakistani army headquarters

October 10, 2009

(ChattahBox) — Heavily-armed militants wearing military uniforms and wielding assault rifles and grenades tried to storm Pakistan’s army headquarters on Saturday, sparking a deadly 45-minute gun battle.  Six insurgents armed with automatic weapons and grenades shot their way through one checkpoint post in the garrison town of Rawalpindi, before being stopped by security forces at a second post.  At least eight soldiers and four of the assailants were killed authorities said.  Two of the attackers managed to infiltrate the heavily fortified compound in the garrison city of Rawalpindi, and troops were still trying to hunt them down after the gun battle.

After the Pakistani military initially said it had the situation under control, it turns out there are four gunman on the loose and they have taken up to 15 people hostage.  No group has yet claimed responsibility for the attack. Pakistan has been fighting an ever-intensifying campaign against al-Qaeda-linked Taliban and groups linked to al-Qaeda. The attack came a day after a suspected suicide car bomber killed 49 people in the northwestern city of Peshawar in an attack the government said underscored the need for an all-out offensive.  Afterward Pakistani leaders said they would start a new offensive against militants in the country’s northwest.

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